Game On, Over
Plenty of well-meaning, independent magazines fold almost as quickly as they’re launched. But usually not in the same 24-hour span. That, unfortunately, seemed to be the case this week for the Game Industry Report, a monthly subscription-based magazine "tailored to software publishers, developers, retailers and buyers, telecom companies, investment and financial firms, hardware/peripherals manufacturers, analysts and entertainment industry representatives." On Monday, publisher Jeremy Meyer of the Gaming News Bureau News Group, issued a press release touting the launch of the magazine at last week’s buzz-heavy Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, including the launch of an online version as a "free e-zine." By Tuesday afternoon, however, Meyer wasn’t touting anything. "As of right now we have no plans on printing issue 2 because of lack of advertising support," Meyer wrote in an e-mail response to a potential subscriber. "But if we do get the support to print issue two, I will make sure to send you a few issues."
Earlier this week, CMP Media announced its acquisition of Shorecliff Communications, an event and information outfit serving the "radio frequency identification (RFID), Internet protocol television (IPTV), broadband and wireless infrastructure markets." The Jordan, Edmiston Group represented Shorecliff in the deal. Terms were not disclosed. In a statement accompanying the deal, CMP cited its "drive to broaden its brand portfolio" and strengthen its ability to connect technology sellers and buyers.
When it comes to getting your company "Best Of" magazine lists, it helps to know somebody at the magazine. Or, perhaps, be the printer of its spin-off. Quad/Graphics, the Sussex, Wisconsin-based magazine printer, was named to Fortune magazine’s annual "100 Best Companies to Work For" list this week as the 75th best company to work for. Quad/Graphics also happens to be Fortune Small Business magazine’s printer, having been awarded a $1.1 billion contract renewal for 22 Time Inc. titles in October.
It was reported in last week’s FOLIO: Alert that ex-Los Angeles Dodgers and San Diego Padres great Steve Garvey was named editor-at-large of VNU Business’ Sporting Goods Business. It was brought to the attention of this editor;and self-medicated baseball junkie;that Garvey played first base, not second, as previously reported. FOLIO: and its editor regret the error, one that the editor says was the editorial equivalent of "Mookie’s dribbler rolling through Buckner’s legs in the ’86 Series."